Steps 1-7: Begin
by balancing the equation as if it were in acid solution. If you have H+
ions in your equation at the end of these steps, proceed to Step #8. Otherwise,
skip to Step#11.
enough OH- ions to each side to cancel the H+ ions.
(Be sure to add the OH- ions to both sides to keep the charge and
Step 9: Combine the H+ ions and
OH- ions that are on the same side of the equation to form water.
Step 10: Cancel or combine the H2O
Step 11: Check to make sure that the atoms
and the charge balance. If they do balance, you are done. If they do not
balance, re-check your work in Steps 1-10.